FAQs

How much does a retractable awning cost?

An average, but also made to measure, high quality self supporting retractable awning will cost anywhere between around £2,000 and £8,000 and whilst there are awnings out there at £199 to £999 they are completely different construction and only suitable for the calmest sunny days in the UK. There are so many different models depending on whether you want to protect from just the sun or the sun and rain and then options such as LED lighting and drop down front valances too. Our awning ranges offer over 70 standard cassette colurs and then over 500 fabric choices, manual or electric, 2m wide up to 14m wide and many other features for your perfect awning..
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What wind speeds will an awning withstand?

Generally a self supporting retractable awning wil stand up to wind speeds of around 20mph. Most higher specification awnings will have a tested and certified wind rating based on km/h or the Beaufort scale, but of course no one is ever really monitoring the wind speed in their back garden or patio to make a judgement on this…

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The general do’s and dont’s of operating a patio awning

With a retractable self supporting awning there are some general rules to stick to with daily usage.

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What happens to a retractable awning in strong winds or a storm?

Retractable awnings should always be closed when not in use and certainly if you are leaving your home. However if they are left out in a storm, there is always a solution if the awning is electrically operated…
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How do I fit an awning if we have downpipes in the way?

You use pipe brackets. These brackets are made to order and space the awning brackets off the wall the depth required to miss the downpipes.. There are however 2 options generally..
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What do the spreader or gutter brackets look like?

We find most people worry unnecessarily about these extra brackets as when they are required then there really is no alternative and the trouble is most people look at them in complete isolation and not the whole installation with the awning. They will not be seen after a short time as they blend in.
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What sizes are the retractable patio awnings available in?

Most of the retractable patio awnings we offer are available in any sizes, made to order, up to the maximum width for each model.
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Can I use a Patio Awning in the rain?

The simple rule of thumb is common sense but to use a retractable awning in the rain the awning it should be installed with the fabric cover set at a minimum pitch of 14 degrees
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What are the electrical requirements for a patio awning?

For a normal retractable patio awning the electrical requirement is minimal
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What makes an awning waterproof ?

The superb fabrics on the top quality patio awnings have a highly impressive water resistance level.   If the awning is correctly pitched at 14 degrees the awning will cope with rainfall commensurate with weather conditions for the awning’s standard classification of wind class 2, Beaufort 5, 17-23mph.
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